Boldin: 'I don't think anybody in our locker room has issue with Harbaugh'
As always happens when the fight becomes about hearts and minds, Jim Harbaugh responded to the San Francisco Chronicle story saying he was in danger of losing the locker room by telling Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated that he never asked for the highest coaching salary in the NFL, didn't ask for a contract extension or more power -- all of which may be true in the technical sense.
But more to the point, he was positioning himself for the exit strategy in case the happy Fizzies party of 49ers football stops short of a Super Bowl trophy, just as much as the 49ers are. The choice of Rosenberg, a respected national writer, indicates he is playing for a national audience while the 49ers are playing for a local one, and neither one is wrong tactically to do what they are doing.
In sum, it's bloodsport now, kids -- it's winner take all, and since everyone gets paid in the end, nobody really loses. Except, of course, those who think 49ers football in 2014 is only about 49ers football.
[MAIOCCO -- Harbaugh: No issues with 49ers, contract, Baalke]
Grab supplies, tape up the windows and head for the shelters, children. It's going to be a hurricane.
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Colin Kaepernick wants to be paid $18 million a year, which would be not only Jay Cutler money but $10 million give or take, more than what Jim Harbaugh wants . . . ahh, never mind. I can’t get worked up about this. He’s not getting $18 million. Not yet.
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Richard Sherman isn’t the first one to think this, let alone say it, but the Seattle Seahawks cornerback and rant icon repeated the most consistent logic for the NFL not banning the N-word for The MMQB.
“It's an atrocious idea," he wrote. “It's almost racist, to me. It's weird they're targeting one specific word. Why wouldn't all curse words be banned then?”
Can’t argue that one . . . that is, until you get to the handy Native American slur that defines the Washington franchise. Wonder if players will start using that one any time soon.
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Speaking of Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson said after spending the last couple of days with the Texas Rangers that he talked to the players about the importance of putting in work now, and reaping rewards later.
“Just working harder than anybody else,” Wilson said he said. “Perfecting your game, too, perfecting your craft. That’s why we won the Super Bowl. We had a championship offseason, we prepared the right way, and I always say the separation is in the preparation. Come Super Bowl Sunday, we were able to show that.”
Bets that the Rangers looked at each other and asked why Russell Wilson sounded like everyone’s dad.
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford isn’t playing outdoors ever again, because every time he does, he ends up less equipped than the time before.
Well, at least the one time, anyway. First, his special mask for the Soldier Field game never arrived, and then his favorite set of leg pads had been lifted. He and the team believe they were stolen from Soldier Field on Saturday night, when the Blackhawks beat the Penguins, 5-1. “This is crazy,” he told Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “I've never seen this before. I've never heard of this before. It's crazy, man. The trainers are all stunned that it happened. Honestly, I told every guy, and some of the guys didn't believe it happened.”
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The new Tampa Bay Bucs uniforms will last three years at most for one very good reason. They look like a combination of a bad clock radio and a rejected XFL uniform.
Maybe He Hate Me is making a comeback.
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Steve Nash looks like he’s done for 2014, if you listen to Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, which makes one wonder if he is about ready to become a fulltime owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
“I doubt it,” D'Antoni said before the Lakers’ Monday game against Portland. “I don't think so. What's the end game? We've talked about it. He's not completely healthy. We have 23 games left. We're not going to make the playoffs. So what's his objective into taking minutes away from the young guys that we're trying to develop? That's kind of the theme that we're talking about.”
Frankly, that’s the kind of theme you talk about when you think someone has hit the end of the trail.
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The Brooklyn Nets will sign center Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract Wednesday, which means that he’ll feel less crummy Tuesday about playing only three minutes in his home debut Monday.
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And finally, LeBron James is now fully aware of the Kevin Durant-For-MVP movement. Ask any Bobcat.